KINDLE [Lullaby Road]
Hink nothing Anderson writes should be missedThank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book n exchange for my honest review A good follow up to Anderson s The Never Open Dessert Diner and Ben Jones hard working life as a delivery service trucker making stops 5 days a week for the past 20 years along a dusty Doctor Who: Engines of War isolated desert road This time he takes to the roadn wintertime when the road s treacherous and with a couple of children plus a dog along for the rideThe story s meandering laced with humor surprises and solid characters Old favorites from the Diner reappear and new ones come nto the mix like the mysterious child left with Ben by Pedro the tire man at the local truck stop carrying a pinned note that read Please Ben Bad Trouble My son Take him today His name s Juan Trust you only Tell no one This mystery propelled me to read and I enjoyed being along You really need to read the author s first book The Never Open Desert Diner before reading Lullaby Road because there are a lot of references to things that happened n the first book and I think that t would be frustrating not to know what all those references mean Frankly I wasn t crazy about the first book which couldn t decide whether The Racehorse Who Disappeared it was literary fiction with a few mysterious undertones or a thriller It didn t do either particularly well the beginning was like watching paint dry and when things finally began to happen they just weren tnteresting to me The good news s that I enjoyed Lullaby Road a lot Ben Jones s an almost 40 year old JewishNative American orphan raised Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten in Utah by a Mormon couple He s a trucker delivering packages to desert rats hardscrabble ranchers and other assorted exiles who chose to live off 117 He keeps stumbling upon bad situations One morning before he starts his route an acuaintance leaves him a note at a truck stop reuesting that Ben take charge of his small child because of some unspecified danger The childs accompanied by a large dog On the same morning Ben s 18 year old friend and neighbor dumps her 4 month old nfant on him so she can go to class Instead of taking the day off from work like any sane person would do Ben piles the whole group nto his truck and heads off nto a snow storm The author creates wonderful characters and descriptions like the man who has nvented a solar powered doghouse complete with reading light Unfortunately they all seem to be armed However he An Officer and a Gentleman (A Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Story) insists onntroducing mysteries that get n the way of the character studies at which he excels This book has a hit and run an abandoned child and several murders That s a lot of crime for a town with almost no residents The mysteries are all resolved by the end but I confess that I was flummoxed by the child s story It was too subtle or cryptic for me The bad guy just appeared out of the blue and I have no dea what happened with the kid at the end of the book Some better editing would have helped here and elsewhere Trafiquants et navigateurs sur le Bas-Danube et dans le Pont Gauche a l'epoque romaine (Philippika - marburger altertumskundliche abhandlungen) (German Edition) in the book as well If you use term desert rat 4 timesn 3 pages you ve used When Dimple Met Rishi it too much I also could have done with fewer vehicle descriptions Ultimately I liked the writing style very much The people felt real and I wanted to know what happened to them I would read by this author but I wish he would skip the mysteries next timeI received a free copy of this book from the publisher When I saw this was a seuel to The Never Open Desert Diner I uickly grabbedt up And while t wasn t the 5 star review the first book was for me I still loved t and revisiting some old friends A momentary silence was all that marked the passing of summer nto winter After living most of my almost forty years n the high desert of Utah twenty driving a truck I had come to the conclusion there were really only two seasons hot and windy and cold and windy Everything else was just a variation on the two Late Night Watch in the evening I lay half awaken my single bed and knew the silence meant the season had changed I like to think maybe I know a thing or two about silence Real "silence End of Day is than just absence of soundt s something you "is than just absence of sound t Scenery, Set, and Staging in the Italian Renaissance: Studies in the Practice of Theatre is something you A few heartbeats earlier a steady wind scattered the leftover sounds from evening a car a steady wind scattered the leftover sounds from evening a car passing neighbors talking from behind closed doors somewhere a dog barking all the usual muffled racket of nearby lives Then there was nothing nothing at all asf the desert and everyone Israel! Do You Know? int had vanished and left nothing behind but an Korean War indifferent starless light I loved coming back home to the characters from Route 117 I don t know whatt Serpico is I love about this story butt just gets me I guess the dea of people
just living n a small place Some of them coming together to help each other when living Truyol Y Serra's Doctrines of International Law in a small place Some of them coming together to help each other when can This books full of evilness and some murder And I don t like what happened to a couple of animals and one of my favorite characters Ben s heading out one morning to start his haul He s getting gas when the owner tells him there s something for him down a few lanes Then he locks himself away Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility: The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan in the gas station Ben thinkst s some kind of a joke until he finds a child and a dog out Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success in the winter cold Of course he has to take them with him Theres a note pinned to the child s shirt asking for him to watch the child He has no time to try to figure Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws it out and off they go He ends up with his neighbor s baby as well So here hes with a child dog and baby driving the winter roads and hoping nothing will happen to them on the treacherous roads Sounds like an ordinary day Not This ends up being a journey that no one
should have to take but there are evil have to take but there are evil n the world and the people on Route 117 have to ban together to try to help one another Oh and not get killed n the process I enjoyed the book and the people so much Like I said Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World it wasn t as good as the first one but that s okay It was still great BloggingForBooksHappy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading Lis. Terribly awry With the help of his eccentric neighbors Ben sets out to help the kid and learn the truth In the process he makes new friends and loses old ones finds himselfn mortal danger and uncovers buried secrets far painful than he could have magin.
James Anderson ☆ 9 SUMMARYTitle Lullaby Road A NovelAuthor James AndersonPublisher Crown Series Ben Jones 2Reviewed By Arlena DeanRating FourReviewLullaby Road by James AndersonMy ThoughtsNow this was uite a Let's Talk 3 Student's Book interesting read about Ben Jones who runs a tractor trailer delivery service truck driver that traveled on Highway 117 that was a desolate Utah desert making deliveries to peoplen Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? isolated areas Ben was known to deliver packages to desert rats hardscrabble ranchers and other assorted exiles who chose to live off 117 Now this route that Ben took I foundt European State Aid and Tax Rulings interesting to know that Fed Ex and UPS would not drive on this snow blinding roadWhat Ben finds while on his journeys will definitely keep yournterest as t seems he kept getting himself nvolved The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra in bad situations like finding a note that leads him to take charge of a small child mute and a large protective dog and also ending up when a friend and neighbor who leaves their young bawlingnfant with him so she could go to work Now I really found this rather strange when Ben piles them all The Complete Paladin's Handbook in his truck and takes off to work going his normal route however he ends upn a snow storm This story will continue on as this author gives the readers one The Lake intriguing and entertaining story from hit run bad weather snow driftsnteractions with gun toting customers abandoned child child smuggling ring preacher who carries a cross along the highway accidents three witches Mexican women with food truck and even some murders that happen along route 117 As every truck stop was made this author gives us a complete unfolded story with there being a lots going on with there being just a small group of people that are Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way involvedTo fully understand this entire story you will have to pick up Lullaby Road to see just how this author bringst out to the reader Be ready for a story will some laughable scary and sad twist and turn parts of the read that will definitely keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next The Devil Aspect in this good read wheren the end you will also find t engrossing heartwarming and heartbreaking I received a copy of Lullaby Road from the publisher through Blogging for Books Out n the high Utah desert there s not a whole hell of a lot of anything mainly there s one road highway 117 and miles and miles of sparsely populated brush and canyons It s not country for normal folk but An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, it s sort of the edge of the known universe where various oddballs and eccentrics and hermits have decided that they are done moving and planted themselves jealously guarding their acres of broken down trailers and rotting car parts with shotguns or walking the mountain roads carrying giant crosses In the summert s bitter heat dehydrating your very bones but Four Corners Level 1b Workbook in the wintert s like another episode of Ice Road Truckers Ben Jones Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders is the lone fool driving that route through snowblindingcy hell a route even FedEx and UPS gave up on This Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) is be of those novels where the settings almost another character so powerful s t This Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is Anderson s second novel drawing upon this crazy desert world It s a story about the settings and the characters than the mystery whichs kind of n the background "But there s some strange goings on out on 117 as Ben "there s some strange goings on out on 117 as Ben himself beueathed a most unusual traveling crew a seemingly mute child the child s overprotective dog and a bawling nfant Overall t turned out to be a most enjoyable albeit unusual read Anderson really does a great job of bringing an unusual world alive I received this book n a Goodreads Giveaway The Never Open Desert Diner wasn t an Between Octobers incredible book butt was good enough for me to be excited about this seuel I loved Ben and his long stretch of highway The characters and setting were ripe for a continuation perhaps many many further adventuresUnfortunately Lullaby Road didn t work for me About a third of the way through I realized I had absolutely no Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian idea what was going on Characters blended together unanswered uestions lingered on too long so that I forgot I cared The seuence of events wasn t clear I think a lot of the plot reuires advances knowledge of the first book but I rememberedt pretty well and t still didn t make sense so I dunnoThere are some charming moments where Ben gives us delicious
SOCIAL COMMENTARY FROM HIS UNIUE POINTcommentary from his uniue point view Even while I had no dea what was happening with the plot the book has some charm Still I hated The Taming of the Werewolf it overall I m between 4 and 45 starsSome books seem tailor made for seuels While you re reading them you get the sense that there s so much to the story andn some cases the author leaves you hanging But some books seem complete when you ve finished them and although you enjoyed spending time with the characters and found the story compelling you d never expect a seuel Of course there are other times you dislike a book you couldn t Second Biennial Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Iowa: For the Fiscal Period Ending June 30, 1883 (Classic Reprint) imagine reading a follow up but that s another storyI really enjoyed reading James Anderson s The Never Open Desert Diner see my review last year The story of a truckern the Utah desert whose solitary life s turned upside down by the appearance of a mysterious woman was tremendously satisfying and even Superior seuel to the author s first novel featuring truck driver Ben Jones The Never Open Desert DinerFor 20 30 pages I felt like putting this book down I d just come off of Ken Bruen s In the Galway Silence and there s hardly anything written n the new century that can rival a Ken Bruen novelSomewhere around page 30 35 something clicked and this book had me hooked tighter than two dogs caughtforgive me my trespassesThis book has the same ambling reader friendly cadence as the first entry n the Ben Jones saga Too many characters to count Some are decent some are bad some are angels disguised Ben s the kind of guy working on his wings as far as that goesThere s a bad guy out on Highway 117 n Utah near the high desert He drives an old cab over White Freightliner an antiue these days but uite the sporty model back First Cosmic Velocity in the sevent. Ben Jones protagonist of the glowingly reviewed Never Open Desert Diner returnsn a devastatingly powerful literary crime novel about parenthood loss and the desert n winterWinter has come to Highway 117 a remote road through the Utah desert trafficked. ,
Ies This bad guy dodges the scales avoids roadblocks and state trooper checkpoints Why he s dodging the law s another mystery What he s hauling s even of a mysteryBut this trucker outlaw has managed to almost kill Ben sideswiping his trailer while passing him at a high rate of speed on an cy highwayThere s also a mysterious cargo Ben Jones finds awaiting him at the last truck stop before descending Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 into the flat desert A huge dog and a kid that the guy Pedro who handles truck tires for the truckers who pass through has left for Ben to carry along with him A note pinned to the kid s coveralls reading Please Take Care Of My Juan I Trust In You BenThings get weirder People get even weirder erWarning sudden and deadly violence erupts every 40 50 pagesRevenges slow coming f t arrives at all Ben Jones Tryst with Prosperity is a philosopher than a gear jamming Mike HammerSoftboiled poetic mystery built upon a foundation of memorable charactersI loved every line of this novel My delivery days were generally spent without the luxury of man made signs and addresses no numbers or arrows or mailboxes or even fences or mile markers My customers likedt that way and lived the roadless dead end life with a kind of fierce passion for Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 isolation that few would want and even fewer would survive for very long For the most part their philosophy was make do or do without and even some essentials especially water when and wheret was needed were considered luxuriesDesert trees that go without water for long periods develop a rock hard stringy grain that resists death with a grim and tenacious attachment to survival Old desert rats like George thought such trees were pretty things but a bit too fragile to truly respect As a result Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition in my opinion the desert rats rarely died from doing without If and when they diedt was usually from an accidental overdose of stubborness This one Code Name: Bikini is worth searching out Borrowt from a library search eBay buy Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy it new on I don t know what to compare this one to I mentioned the great Harold Adamsn my review of the 1st novel by James Anderson Steinbeck ll work too You like Craig McDonald or Frank Gruber this s your kind of mystery novel I ve come to think that the only thing you can count on with people s that they will always be human good and bad usually both and occasionally at the same time 375 stars Thank you to First to Read books and Crown Publishing for this ARC Expected publication Jan 16 2018I again sit Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten in judgement of Ben Jones life Hes the truck driver from the novel The Never Open Desert Diner He s still n Price Utah running his tractor trailer delivery service on Rt 117 to a group of misfits and miscreants still befriending and protecting Ginny and her daughter Annabelle In this novel Ben gets nvolved with a child smuggling ring one of his ex s and her new boyfriend and a child that s mute but way older than her years There are a number of accidents both truck and person and a few murders A number of new people join the cast as well as characters from the Never Open Desert Diner resurface A number of places I had to laugh and a number of places Bankerupt in this book made me sad Character developments done well and the changes 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation in the main character Ben from one book to the next are probable This novels wrapped up well while leaving the opening for a followup novel possibly using Walt s son as Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace its main villain In Lullaby Road Ben Joness still making deliveries to the nhabitants of an solated stretch of Utah desert The people there all seem to be hiding out from something or someone but they are Ben s life and livelihood and they are eually dependent on him The story begins with Ben stopping to buy fuel before beginning his route and finding a young child wearing a note asking Ben to take care of her "and Ben being Ben can t refuse As Ben tries to learn the "Ben being Ben can t refuse As Ben tries to learn the girl s story and find her father he and the people along his route face misfortunes danger and tragedy But t s not all bleak There are powerful moments of compassion redemption and people rising above their sense of being permanently damaged and hopeless a potential romance and the forging of human connections and making a family Anderson writes unforgettable and richly developed characters and his description of the austere beauty of the desert s brilliantly evocative The haunting Wishing for a Home image of a child s shoe with lights flashingn the heel has lodged Dreamsnake in my brain and heart The Never Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road are so much than crime fiction much like James Lee Burke s novels and I think Anderson addresses thatssue sagely The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, in a recentnterview I read a lot of poetry and always have and I find that my love of poetry The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping informs my prosen ways that are distinctive and not often found Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte in crime fiction or fictionn general Still though I try not to go overboard lyrically and keep the focus on the story and the voice of Ben Jones as much as I can I don t think I actually turned to crime and I am not certain my novels can be accurately referred to as crime
novels I had a very precarious childhood and young adulthood and crime particularlyI had a very precarious childhood and young adulthood and crime particularly of various kinds was a part of my daily life as a victim and as a witness n that sense crime or crimes as they appear n my novels are a part of life part of the fabric of Ben s life and not the central focus Overall as a novelist I am much concerned with the effect violence has on us directly and ndirectly that can manifest tself over time a kind of personal geological time that results n seismic events After a brilliant first novel some authors suffer a sopho slump but James Anderson s certainly not one of them His first novel The Never Open Desert Diner was a book I was telling everyone about and I ll be doing the same with Lullaby Road While t can be read as a stand alone I encourage readers to read The Never Open Desert Diner first both to gain familiarity with the characters and the events that shaped them and because I Only by oddballs fugitives and those looking to escape the world So when local truck driver Ben Jones finds an abandoned mute Hispanic child at a lonely gas station along his route far from any semblance of proper civilization he knows something has gone.